VIDEO: Safety fear over pavement drivers

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“Mindless” motorists are putting pedestrians at risk by hurtling along a pavement to avoid oncoming traffic, it has been claimed today.

Hotelier Lee Seel, of Westbourne House, on Vance Road in central Blackpool, says he has seen a number of near misses as a result of the dangerous practice.

Lee Seel is claiming that the lack of bollards along the section of road outside his hotel is a hazard to guests and pedestrians.

Lee Seel is claiming that the lack of bollards along the section of road outside his hotel is a hazard to guests and pedestrians.

Now he is calling on the council to install more bollards along the road to help protect people.

Mr Seel said: “There are already bollards along about 80 per cent of the street which are there to stop vehicles mounting the pavement.

“But at my end of the street, close to the junction with Coronation Street, there are no bollards.

“We have witnessed numerous incidents, in particular when HGV type vehicles such as the bin wagons need to back into side streets.

“Some motorists, who are too impatient to wait, just mount the pavement in order to get past.

“There was a particularly dangerous incident where a mindless motorist mounted the whole pavement in order to avoid waiting for the HGV to finish its manoeuvre and just moments before, a disabled person had been walking along.”

But despite the calls, Blackpool Council said it would not be feasible to install additional bollards.

However, town hall bosses have warned against driving on pavements.

Coun John Jones, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Let me be very clear, driving on the pavement is illegal and extremely dangerous.

“It is not acceptable for any driver to do and if they are caught doing it then we will pass their details on to the police.

“There are many roads in Blackpool and throughout the country where installing, and maintaining bollards just isn’t feasible.

“If Mr Seel wants to discuss this with me, I am more than happy to talk about other ways that we can try and help him.”

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